Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), sexual harassment includes: “Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. . . when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment.” 

In December of 2019, a Chipotle employee reported that his female boss harassed him by locking him in a freezer.  According to the EEOC investigation, the boss not only “[discussed] her own sex life and [posted] a daily ‘sex scoreboard’ in the main office concerning all the staff’s sex lives,” but also said uncomfortable things about him and his girlfriend. She also frequently touched him inappropriately. This case is a good example that not all men are the perpetrators. 

A study revealed that 37% of men reported experiencing some level of sexual harassment in the workplace. However, only 16% of these cases are reported by men. An analysis by CDC showed, “Over their lifetime, 79 percent of men who were ‘made to penetrate’ someone else (a form of rape, in the view of most researchers) reported female perpetrators. Likewise, most men who experienced sexual coercion and unwanted sexual contact had female perpetrators.” 

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